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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of February 15, 1982 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Giant waves sink a soviet freighter in the icy North Atlantic, leaving 33 dead or missing and raising the number of feared fatalities to 117 in the storm-lashed area in two days.

Abscam - Sen. Harrison Williams Jr. (D-NJ) is sentenced to three years in prison and fined $50,000 for his bribery-conspiracy crimes.

Police in Warsaw detained 3,500 people and fined another 7,000 for martial law violations in the largest dragnet since military rule was imposed in Poland.

President Reagan assures Prime Minister Menachem Begin that Israel “remains America’s friend and ally,” and said the United States is committed to assuring that the Jewish state retains a military advantage in the Middle East.

President Reagan vows that his Administration will work with the Fed in bring down inflation and high interest rates. He calls high interest rates “the greatest single threat” to economic recovery.

Several major banks raise their prime lending rate to 17% and the government reports that the nation’s industrial production plunged 3% last month.

The British government declares the DeLorean sports car company in Northern Ireland insolvent and refused to invest more money in the debt-ridden business run by American John Z. DeLorean. The government said receivers will restructure the Belfast firm in hopes of saving its remaining 1,500 jobs and continuing production of the $25,000 stainless steel DeLorean sports car.

Two ski-masked bandits surprised three wealthy guests at the Hotel Pierre and robbed them of more than $1 million in cash and jewelry, including a 62-carat diamond in a necklace. The hotel overlooks Central Park at 5th Ave and East 61st street.

Saudi Arabia cuts its oil production because of weakness in world oil markets. 

Queen Elizabeth II is reported angry at two newspapers that published photos of her daughter-in-law, the pregnant princess of Wales, strolling along a beach in the Bahamas in a skimpy red bikini. She also objected to the daily Star’s headline: “Bikini girl Diana:” Mum-to-be in her itsy-bitsy costume.”


Fascinating Facts – February 15, 1982 – Nancy Reagan

No more fashion freebies – First Lady Nancy Reagan has ended her practice of accepting free haute couture originals from American designers because she believes her efforts to help the fashion industry have been misunderstood. The issue has aroused some controversy and some tax experts believe the Reagan’s may have to report the value of the clothes as taxable income. She said she would donate the items to American museums so students of fashion design could study them.


Sports news – February 15, 1982

Manager Earl Weaver of the Baltimore Orioles is fined $1,065 for drunk driving. The judge indefinitely revoked Weaver’s driver’s license and imposed a suspended sentence.

Carl Lewis – the world indoor record-holder in the long jump at 28-feet 1-inch, receives the U.S. Amateur athletic Union’s Sullivan Award as the nation’s outstanding amateur athlete for 1981.


Entertainment news – February 15, 1982

Passing – Lee Strasberg – consummate “method” actor. He was 80.

Passing – Comedian Pat Henry. He closed an engagement with Frank Sinatra at Caesar’s Las Vegas and was found dead in his hotel suite.


 Television news – February 15, 1982

Cable channel Black Entertainment Television will expand its programming from 3 hours to 42 hours per week starting in May. Taft Broadcasting of Cincinnati – a new partner, will help finance the expansion.

Did you know Sammy Davis Jr. is a semi-semi regular on “One Life To Live” in a character called Chip Warren?

NBC says it is halting plans to expand the “today” show to Saturday and Sunday because “The Smurfs” – introduced last September, have become a big hit cartoon. “It would have been absolutely foolish to disrupt the Saturday morning schedule just when it was doing so well,” said an NBC spokesperson. 

Johnny Carson prime-time special – “Johnny Goes Home” to Nebraska.


Monday night television listings/programs/TV guide – February 15, 1982

CBS – Mr. Merlin, Private Benjamin, MASH, House Calls, Lou Grant, Late night reruns of Quincy and Banacek.

NBC – Little House on the Prairie, Johnny Goes Home, Tonight, Late Night With David Letterman

ABC – That’s Incredible, Movie, Late movie

PBS – Great Performances, Bernstein: Beethoven

CBS Cable – Mixed Bag, Singing’, Signature

HBO – Movies (Raging Bull) (Scanners), Once and For All – The Last Awards Show


On House Calls – Jane agrees to accompany Charley to Las Vegas for romance.


Radio news – February 15, 1982

Al Brady Law is named v/p of programming and audience development for NBC radio.


 Music news – February 15, 1982

Some are saying video games are a threat to the record industry.  Arista Records president Clive Davis labels the video game doom saying as “foolishness” saying “to think that these games will supplant music is absurd.” “Just look at the excitement that comes from a Prince or a Rickie Lee Jones or any other vital new artist with a statement to make,” said Davis.

On “Solid Gold” – Countdown ’81 Special – See and hear the top-40 tunes of 1981. Andy Gibb and Marilyn McCoo host.

On HBO – Simon & Garfunkle concert. Simulcast on FM stereo stations.

Clive Epstein, brother of the late Brian Epstein, manager of the Beatles, joins forces with U.S. promoter Sid Bernstein. They’re launching a new Liverpool band, “Motion Pictures” on both sides of the Atlantic. The band is scheduled to arrive in New York this month for promotional interviews arranged by Bernstein.

Looks like Kat Family records, launched last March, has its first big hit with Bertie Higgins’ “Key Largo.” The label is headed by entertainment attorney Joel Katz. 

Look for a new “Mamas and Papas” group to hit the road. They will be – John Philips, Denny Doherty, Mackenzie Philips and Spanky Mcfarlane.


Top country hit music singles – February 15, 1982

You’re the Best Break This Old Heart Ever Had – Ed Bruce

Lord I Hope This Day Is Good – Don Williams

Blue Moon With Heartache – Roseanne Cash

Everybody Makes Mistakes/Wild Turkey – Lacy J. Dalton

She Left Love All Over Me – Razzy Bailey

Do Me With Love – Janie Fricke

Bobbie Sue – Oak Ridge Boys

Mountain of Love – Charley Pride

Big City – Merle Haggard

The Very Best Is You- Charly McClain

Another Sleepless Night – Anne Murray


Top pop hit music In Britain – February 15, 1982

Say Hello, Wave Goodbye – Soft Cell

Town Called Malice/Precious – Jam

Maid of Orleans – Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark

The Model – Kraftwork

Oh Julie – Shakin’ Stevens

Arthur’s Theme – Christopher Cross

Senses Working Overtime – XTC

Dead Ringer – Meat Loaf

Lion Sleeps Tonight – Right Fit

Golden Brown - Stranglers


Top Jazz Music Albums – February 15, 1982

The George Benson Collection

Come Morning – Grover Washington

Electric Rendezvou – Al Dimeota

Objects of Desire – Michael Franks

Breakin’ Away – Al Jarreau


Hot Rock Music AlbumCuts – February 15, 1982

I’ll Fall In Love Again – Sammy Hagar

Pretty Woman – Van Halen

I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll – Joan Jett

Shake It Up – The Cars

Lonely Nights – Bryan Adams

Don’t Let Him Know – Prism

Working for the Weekend – Loverboy

Centerfold – J. Geils Band

Living in the Limelight – Peter Cetera

Take Off – Bob and Doug McKenzie

Love is Like A Rock – Donnie Iris


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – February 15, 1982

Open Arms – Journey

Centerfold – J. Geils Band

I Can’t Go For That – Hall & Oates

Shake It Up – The Cars

Sweet Dreams -  Air Supply

Harden My Heart – Quarterflash

The Sweetest Thing – Juice Newton

Leader of the Band – Dan Fogelberg

Take It Easy On Me – Little River Band

Spirits in the Material World – Police

I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll – Joan Jett

You Could Have Been With Me – Sheena Easton

Physical – Olivia Newton John

Pac Man Fever – Buchner and Garcia

That Girl – Stevie Wonder

Key Largo – Bertie Higgins

Somewhere Down The Road – Barry Manilow

Mirror Mirror – Diana Ross

Through The Years  - Kenny Rogers

Love In the First Degree – Alabama


Top music albums – February 15, 1982

Escape – Journey

Freeze-Frame – J. Geils Band

Beauty and the Beat – Go-Go’s

Hooked on Classics – Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Ghost in the Machine – Police

4 – Foreigner

Quarterflash – Quarterflash

For Those About To Rock – AC/DC

I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Get Lucky – Loverboy

Bella Donna – Stevie Nicks

Shake It Up – The Cars

Physical – Olivia Newton John

Great White North – Bob and Doug McKenzie

Tattoo You – Rolling Stones

Raise – Earth, Wind and fire

Juice – Juice Newton

George Benson Collection – George Benson

Something Special – Kool & The Gang

The Innocent Age – Dan Fogelberg

Feels So Right – Alabama

Why Do Fools Fall In Love? – Diana Ross

Tonight I’m Yours – Rod Stewart

Chariots of Fire – Vangelis

Skyyline – Sky

The One That You Love – Air Supply

Tom Tom Club  - Tom Tom Club

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